Mayo Clinic Minute: Sleeping with melatonin: The benefits and risks

Getting a good night’s sleep can often seem like a luxury for some people. Many sleep-deprived people use melatonin supplements to help them catch some z’s.

Dr. Erik St. Louis says melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the brain and helps to regulate the body’s sleep rhythm.

Melatonin signals to the brain and body that it’s time to sleep and helps to set the daily circadian rhythm. However, there are some mild risks to using melatonin supplements.

Many people rely on melatonin gummies to help them get a good night’s sleep. But a recent study finds that these over-the-counter supplements may not reliably contain the advertised amount of melatonin.

Dr. Erik St. Louis, A Mayo Clinic neurologist, discusses the pros and cons of taking melatonin supplements for sleep enhancement.
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